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Published: Sunday, Dec. 30 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

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JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

Unless it is something like a drive by shooting, kids 5-9 killed by guns suggests that SOME so called "responsible" gun owners are anything but "responsible"

Hiding your loaded guns is not sufficient. They MUST be locked up.

Adults who leave guns accessible to children should be prosecuted when someone dies.

Mountanman
Hayden, ID

As important as it is to keep children away from firearms, it needs to be pointed out that gun accidents are not even in the top 20 reasons children lose their lives. According to the National Health Institute, more children are killing in car accidents than any other cause. Accidental drowning claims 10 times more children's lives than gun accidents. We would save more lives if we banned swimming than guns. Education is probably the most important reason gun deaths for children are lower now than in earlier years.

Redshirt1701
Deep Space 9, Ut

To "John Clark" your letter makes little sense. The laws for gun control have done nothing more than disarm law abiding citizens.

Yes it is true that the gun safety laws have made keeping guns safer. You need to know that there is a difference between gun control laws and gun safety. This is similar to auto safety laws and laws for obtaining a drivers license. Yes both have to do with cars, but that is about it.

If you want to look at correlation, look at the number of gun owners and the number of homicides. The US has had a significant increase in gun ownership over the past 20 years, and at the same time, homicides involving guns is at an all time low.

Many researchers who know more than you do, have concluded that an increase in gun ownership REDUCES violent crimes. See "Harvard Study: Gun Control Is Counterproductive" at American Civil Rights Union or "Gun Control Actually Increases Gun Violence" in The Western Center for Journalism.

Truthseeker
SLO, CA

Re:Mountanman

Figures from the CDC:

Homicide is in the top 10 causes of death for people ages 1-44.

For people ages 5-44, firearms are in the top 4 cause of death caused by injuries.

Nearly 4000 (3889) people ages 15-24 died from homicide involving a firearm. Another 2000 died from suicide using a firearm.
By comparison, in the same age group, 7000 died in motor vehicle accidents.

one old man
Ogden, UT

Is this writer referring to only accidental firearm deaths of children?

If so, that is just a tiny fraction of firearm deaths and probably cannot be attributed to gun laws.

And, you may recall, I'm one who does believe in reasonable restriction of firearms. But inaccurate information posted by either side does nothing to solve the problem. In fact, because it gives the other side one more thing upon which to pounce, it may well just add to the confused rhetoric.

Thinkin\' Man
Rexburg, ID

Trigger lock laws are a far cry from gun control laws! The argument here is invalid.

RRB
SLC, UT

Putting several laws together tells us nothing. Give us the results of each law individually so we can tell what has worked, and what has not. How many in this age group were saved by the Brady bill, the 1990 act and the 1996 act.

Screwdriver
Casa Grande, AZ

Do a worldwide search and the results are more stunning. Other countries like Australia have seen a much larger decrease in gun homicides correlating with Gun regulation because they have taken it much farther requiring registration and banning military type weapons.

We have barely EVER made any regulation in this country and have still seen small benefits.

Face it, the gun companies are in charge and will agree to nothing that decreases their profits.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

If citiznes won't take responsibility for keeping their weapons out of the worng hands,
the Government has no other option than to do it, for them.

Guns safes, and trigger locks.
There is no excuse for not having and using them.
or
Suffer the consequences. ie.e, Taking them away from everybody.

Southernmiss
kaysville, UT

OBESITY CAUSES ALL KINDS OF HEALTH ISSUES...LET'S TAKE AWAY YOUR SPOON!

Guns don't kill...

We all know the rhetoric!

Once gun laws are put in place and we, as law abiding citizens don't have the right to OWN them, then just TRY getting those rights BACK. IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN!!! I have a right to defend myself, my family, my property, and don't want to live in fear of a future where someone comes to my home to seize my firearm!

If you don't want a gun in your home because you are afraid of someone getting ahold of it, then don't buy one. But please, don't take away my rights! I will be responsible for the care and lock up of my firearms! It is a fool who would leave them out for the mentally ill, children, etc. to have access to.

zoar63
Mesa, AZ

@LDS Liberal

"If citiznes won't take responsibility for keeping their weapons out of the worng hands,
the Government has no other option than to do it, for them.

Guns safes, and trigger locks.
There is no excuse for not having and using them.
or
Suffer the consequences. ie.e, Taking them away from everybody"

The role of government is to protect the rights of the people not take them away. When the government begins taking away rights it is time to get a new government and the Declaration of Independence says as much.

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